Ferracane Fans 13 Batters; Softball Splits with Dartmouth, 1-0 and 4-3

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Philadelphia – Rookie Ann Ferracane fanned a career-high 13 batters to help the University of Pennsylvania softball team earn an Ivy League split with Dartmouth this afternoon. The Quakers captured game one, 1-0, while the Big Green took game two by a score of 4-3.

Ferracane (6-6) needed only one run of support as the Red and Blue (13-18, 3-5 Ivy League) earned the 1-0 win. The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the second inning as Kim May delivered a two-out single down the left field line to plate junior Jen Nichols. Ferracane got into a bit of a jam in the top of the third with Dartmouth (8-14-1, 4-2 Ivy League) runners on second and third with one out. But Ferracane was able to pitch out of it by striking out Kelly Fry and forcing Jodee Thompson to pop-up to end the threat. The Big Green threatened again in the top of the fifth inning with back-to-back singles with two outs. Yet Ferracane continued her masterful performance striking out Thompson to end the inning. May finished the game going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Angela Megaw (2-5) went the distance for the Big Green holding Penn to four hits with two strikeouts. Ferracane earned her first collegiate shutout in her fifth complete game of the season. She only walked two batters in addition to her strikeouts.

In game two, Jill Garcia delivered a one-out single in the top of the seventh to lift the Big Green to a 4-3 victory. With the scored tied 3-3 with one out, Thompson doubled to left center to start the Dartmouth rally. Pinch runner Christina Ferraris then came into score on Garcia’s hit.

The Big Green got to sophomore pitcher Olivia Mauro early scoring two runs on six hits in the first inning and a third of play. Dartmouth put runners on second and third with one out, but sophomore Lindsey Permar (3-8) came in relief, setting down Sarah Bankoff and forcing Kelly Fry to ground out to end the inning. May put the Quakers on the board in the bottom of the second as she drove in Nichols on a groundout to the shortstop to make the score, 2-1. Penn tied the score in the bottom of the third as Nichols reached on a fielding error by the second baseman allowing Steph Reichert to score. Dartmouth tied it up in the top of the fourth inning as Kalie Jackson scored on an error by Christina Khosravi. However, Khosravi made up for it in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI single up the middle, plating rookie Annie Kinsey, who had doubled in the previous at-bat. Kinsey went 3-for-3 in the game, including her seventh double of the season. Dartmouth’s Karin Edwardson (3-3) earned the win by giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six batters in seven innings of work. Permar took the loss by giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits and striking out five batters.

Penn concludes Ivy League play at home on April 17 as it hosts Harvard on Senior Day at 1 p.m. There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring both Kara Eyre and Kim Le at 12:30 p.m.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant